Biography - Hong Viet Dung - Toriizaka Art
I recently had coffee with Dung and his  lovely wife Anh in a quaint coffee shop in the old quarter of Hanoi.  There they told me a bit about their life and dreams. <br />
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Dungs father was a poet and his mother, a physician - he was the youngest of their four children.  Dung and Anh have one son, Quang.  He is 13 and attends the international school in Hanoi.  He loves soccer, playing the drums and studying math and science.  <br />
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Anh is a stay at home mother who enjoys  traveling, listening to music, cooking and playing the viola.<br />
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Dung is truly quiet.  When he is not painting, he loves listening to European classical music and playing classical guitar.  When he paints, he paints in silence and finds himself in a peaceful and meditative state.  Dung's paintings are carefully composed and balanced with emptiness.  He enjoys painting landscapes and figurative works - in fact, the familiar image he often paints of a boy holding a leaf is inspired by memories of his own son as a young child.

Hong Viet Dung

Hong Viet Dung was born in 1962 in Hanoi. He graduated with a degree in painting from the Hanoi Industrial College of Fine Arts in 1984. His paintings often depict figures standing in solitude, sometimes holding simple objects. He uses pale and distinctly muted colors to bring a sense of calm to his works. Dung is a devote Buddhist and conveys his meditations in his paintings. He brings only the essentials into the foreground allowing the observer to use them as a stage for creating his or her own images and reflecting upon them. Dung produces a very limited number of works annually and his works are highly sought. He has exhibited around the world and his works are in the permanent collection of the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum.

"I always paint people and views that surround me. This simple beauty is lyrical. In my paintings, I like to reduce details, according to the Eastern Style."

This picture was taken with Hong Viet Dung and his wife Anh while enjoying time with them at a local cafe in Hanoi.

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